You should know
Abubakar Audu, APC’s candidate for governor in Kogi state has died. Audu reportedly died shortly after Nigeria’s INEC declared results of the elections ‘inconclusive’. Audu had been chosen as APC’s candidate even though he was being tried for money laundering and embezzlement by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. (Sahara Reporters).
The governing NDC party in Ghana has voted “overwhelming” to endorse President John Mahama in next year’s elections, with 95% of party members backing his candidacy during primary voting over the weekend (BBC Africa).
Mali begins 3 days of mourning today for the victims of Friday’s deadly terrorist attack in Bamako that killed 19 people (VOA News). Dionne Searcey (@dionnesearcey) writes that, “life goes on in Mali” and co-founder of Sahelian.com, Joe Penney provides his perspective on, “what the Mali attack means” (NY Times).
The full list of nominees for this year’s, ‘Future Awards Africa’ is available. The list includes individuals from Kenya, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Botswana, Ghana, Nigeria, Gambia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Cameroon. The awards ceremony takes place on December 6, in Lagos (The NetNG).
What We Need
Nigerian author Chika Unigwe (@chikaunigwe) says although, Nigeria has a new government, Boko Haram is deadlier than ever and unless the country’s military is “properly equipped, nothing will change” (The Guardian).
In a comprehensive report on the future of energy (PDF report), the International Energy Agency, says by the 2030s, “renewables will become the world’s biggest source of electricity” (Quartz).
Identity & Culture
London filmmaker and writer Cecile Emeke (@cecileemeke) has released the first Strolling video to takes place in the U.S. ‘Strolling USA’ discusses Black American culture, biracial privilege and more as part of Emeke’s online series of short videos focusing on the Black diaspora (Blavity).
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